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    Chrysler Museum of ArtChrysler Museum of Art Chesapeake, Virginia
    The Chrysler Museum of Art was founded in 1933 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, but when automotive heir, Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., whose wife, Jean Outland Chrysler was a native of the city, would donate the majority of his extensive collection to the museum that would expand it's collections, and actually making it one of the major art museums in the southeastern US. From 1958 to 1971, the collection was housed in the historic Center Methodist Church in Provincetown, Massachusetts, but today sits alongside a small body of water called the Hague in the Ghent district of Norfolk, Virginia. The collection contains more than 30,000 works that span more than 5000 years of world history in American and European paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the current period. Its most prominent holdings include works by Tintoretto, Franz Kline, Veronese, Richard Diebenkorn, Peter Paul Rubens, Andy Warhol, Diego Velazquez, Jackson Pollock, Salvator Rosa, Edward Hopper, Gianlorenzo Bernini, Georges Braque, John Singleton Copley, Henri Matisse, Thomas Cole, Georges Roualt, Eugene Delacroix, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Auguste Rodin, Albert Bierstadt and Gustave Dore. It is also home to the last sculpture of the baroque master, Gianlorenzo Bernini, which was a marble bust of Jesus that had been made as a gift for the artist's benefactor, Queen Christina of Sweden. It contains the world's finest collections of glass that include many works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, a marvelous and growing collection of photography and distinguished holdings in decorative arts. Other areas that are represented include; Asia, the ancient world, pre-Columbian America and Africa. The Jean Outland Chrysler Library is also one of the finest and biggest important art libraries in the south, covering the entire history of world art with special emphasis on materials that pertain to the permanent collection; as well as subscribing to many hundred art-related journals, exchanges publications with more than 400 art museums across the globe and an outstanding collection of current and historical auction catalogues.

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    Moses Myers HouseMoses Myers House Chesapeake, Virginia
    The Moses Myers House in Chesapeake, Virginia contains a spectacular collection that has created a magnificent image of the late Federal period and the life of this wealthy Jewish family, who was an early entrepreneur and leading citizen that constructed the house to handle his growing family and their importance. After numerous generations, city mayor, Barton Myers, would start to restore the house to its original condition in 1892. The house still has many furnishings that belonged to the family originally, that are still located in one of the first brick houses to be constructed in the city after the Revolutionary War, when the city was leveled by the British bombardment and the fire that followed. The family's paintings include Gilbert Stuart's companion portraits of Moses Myers and his wife, Eliza, along with works by Thomas Sully. During 2004 and 2005, there has been a lot of work done to restore the first floor and stair hall to their original early 19th century colors and to clean the neoclassical architectural ornaments. Myers was one of the nation's first millionaires and the first permanent Jewish resident in Norfolk, building his house in 1792, with some 70% of the furnishings original and is the only historic house in the nation that interprets the traditions of early Jewish immigrants.

April 27, 2011